Do you like to watch television? Yeah, we do too. And we love to marvel at the awesome females who are on the silver screen right now. These are the 10 highest-paid TV actresses in 2015, and they are astounding. Some of them have been acting for almost their whole lives while others found themselves in the spotlight all of a sudden. They star in dramas, comedies, and even sketch shows. Some of these women hold multiple roles, from spokesmodels to writers, producers to humanitarians.
These are some females who will inspire you, no matter you gender, race, or age. They are all beautiful in their own right and have the acting skills to hold their own against the female or male competition. Plus they are super-rich! Not that it matters, but wow, their net worths are sky-high! We hope you enjoy reading a bit more about these deserving women and how they have found a place in television history.
It is not always easy for a woman to be taken seriously these days, especially in the media. They are either seen as sex symbols or they have to be ditzy and static characters. Yet these women break the mold and give us hope that a lady can be strong and confident without being a … you know.
10. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington has made a splash as an actress on both the silver and big screens. She is eye-catching to look at but also has the acting chops to play with the big boys (and girls!) She stars in the hit ABC show Scandal and is lauded for breaking the mold and shining bright for African American women in the media. Her awards include an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress, the President’s Award for her civil rights service, and she has been honored with a spot on President Obama’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities. She is also a beauty and is the face for Movado.
9. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling came to the forefront in The Office and then broke out with The Mindy Project. She also clinched a deal with Hulu Plus and is a gorgeous funny woman. She has a net worth of $15 million and earns $150,000 per episode. She is the author of a best-selling book titled Why Not Me? and is admired for her quick wit and down-to-earth personality. She is not only an actress, but a writer, comedian, executive producer, and director. Oh, and a totally awesome female. She has won loads of awards and has been nominated umpteen times. Her work in television and film is so admirable.
8. Amy Poehler
Who does not love Amy Poehler? She is so much more than a light-hearted cast member on Saturday Night Live. And while we absolutely love her SNL work, it would not do her justice to only mention that. You know Parks & Recreation? Yeah. Need we say more? Amy earned about $4.5 million from the show and has also starred in hits such as Mean Girls. She has ample awards including a Teen Choice Award, Daytime Emmy, Comedy Award, Critic’s Choice Television Award, Golden Globe Award, Producers Guild of America Award…quite honestly, we would be here all day if we gave you an exhaustive list.
7. Alyson Hannigan
She is a co-star along with another woman on our list – Cobie Smulders. Yet Alyson Hannigan can definitely hold her own. She starred on the hit show How I Met Your Mother, making about $340,000 per episode. She has a net worth of $18 million and has been attracted (and attractive) to the screen since she was just a young girl. She appeared in commercials and now is a full-fledged super actress! She was set to star alongside Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in a new comedy More Time With Family, and although the show didn’t get picked up, the future is still bright for Hannigan. She is living proof that being in your 40s is fabulous and you can have it all!
6. Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders is another one of the stars of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother. She made about $340,000 per episode and has a net worth of $18 million. Nice! So besides working alongside the fabulous Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie has starred in big-screen films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She is a Canadian actress who has stolen the heart of America and fights for the protection of our beloved marine animals. She is a gem! She has also won the Ewwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy and the People’s Choice Award for her work in How I Met Your Mother (she won in the category of Favorite TV Gal Pals with Alyson Hannigan.)
5. Ellen Pompeo
Have you ever heard of a little show called Grey’s Anatomy? Yeah, we think that sounds familiar. Ellen Pompeo has her claim to fame thanks to the hit show, and she can boast a net worth of $30 million. She makes about $350,000 per episode of Grey’s Anatomy and easily makes this list of top-paid actresses on television. She has also been publicly recognized for her work in the entertainment industry by the National Italian American Foundation. She is in charge of a production company called Calamity Jane and shows no signs of slowing down. Well, maybe a bit to have an adorable baby with hubby Chris Ivery, but that is all!
4. Julianna Margulies
What has Julianna Margulies not done? She has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe, she is a producer, she is a regular fixture on television, and she is gorgeous. This actress definitely has it going on! She is most known nowadays for her work on the hit show The Good Wife and she also was a breakout star on ER. Her net worth is valued at $22 million and is so rich and powerful that she can manage to refuse a $27 million contract. Whoa, talk about awesomeness! Another prize she can add to her collection? A ranking on People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.”
3. Kaley Cuoco
She once played Bridget on 8 Simple Rules opposite John Ritter, and now Kaley Cuoco is a front-running star in her own right. She plays Penny on The Big Bang Theory, which is one of the hottest comedies on television right now. Plus she is under 30 years of age! She is doing quite well, making $11 million and $350,000 per episode of The Big Bang Theory. Forbes was happy to place this young gun on their list of highest-paid TV actresses. She also has a hottie husband, knows how to rock it on the red carpet, and is breaking out in filmdom in the future.
2. Mariska Hargitay
Who loves Law & Order: SVU? You probably are one of the many folks who gather around the television to watch episodes of this thrilling crime drama. Well you have Mariska Hargitay to thank for those riveting moments. She makes a whopping $13 million per year and has been carrying that show for years. Law & Order: SVU is 16 seasons strong and viewers have come to love Mariska’s tough-as-nails character. She is a compelling female lead who does not take any smack talk from anyone. That is what we are talking about! Mariska also founded The Joyful Heart Foundation to help young sexual abuse victims.
1. Sofia Vergara
At 42 years of age, Sofia Vergara is not only hot, she is the highest paid actress on television right now. She makes $37 million and has stolen the hearts of millions of people by starring on the hit show Modern Family. She also stars in endorsement commercials for Pepsi, usually tossing her gorgeous brown hair over her shoulder and pouting her luscious red lips. Sofia is also a spokesmodel for Cover Girl, Head & Shoulders, and in one episode of Modern Family alone she makes $325,000! Talk about girl power! She is muy caliente. She has broken into movies and has a fragrance deal as well as something in the works with K-Mart.